Rapid multiplex analysis of lipid raft components with single-cell resolution

P. Schatzlmaier, V. Supper, L. Göschl, A. Zwirzitz, P. Eckerstorfer, W. Ellmeier, J.B. Huppa, H. Stockinger

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Lipid rafts, a distinct class of highly dynamic cell membrane microdomains, are integral to cell homeostasis, differentiation, and signaling. However, their quantitative examination is challenging when working with rare cells, developmentally heterogeneous cell populations, or molecules that only associate weakly with lipid rafts. We present a fast biochemical method, which is based on lipid raft components associating with the nucleus upon partial lysis during centrifugation through nonionic detergent. Requiring little starting material or effort, our protocol enabled the multidimensional flow cytometric quantitation of raft-resident proteins with single-cell resolution, thereby assessing the membrane components from a few cells in complex cell populations, as well as their dynamics resulting from cell signaling, differentiation, or genetic mutation.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberrs11
JournalScience Signaling
Issue number395
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sept 2015


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